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Skimma and ivy pot display


This rich display has plum tones, which will bring comfort and warmth to a cold winter day. It's easy to plant up and will require no additional effort. For an extra splash of colour in late winter and spring, include a few snowdrop or dwarf narcissi bulbs when planting up.
Plant it: September
At its best: October - March
Takes just: 30 minutes

How to do it:

1 Position the container where you need winter interest, and place a layer of crocks at the bottom, then three-quarters fill with compost.

2 Plant the skimmia in the centre of the container, to the same depth in the new compost as it was in its previous pot. Position the heuchera in front of it with the euonymus to one side and the ivy to the other, close to the edge so it can tumble over.

3 Fill the container with compost, to within 5cm of the rim, firming around the plants with your fingers to squeeze out any air pockets. If you plan to keep the plants in the container for longer than size months, use a slow-release granular feed to nourish them.

Our tip

Both the skimmia and the heuchera will be happy planted out into a shady spot in the garden in spring.

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